Kratovil reveals plan for affordable, quality, safe & accessible housing

At a rally with supporters and community members outside of the city’s Housing Authority offices, New Brunswick mayoral candidate Charlie Kratovil laid out his Housing Justice Bill of Rights, a 10-point policy proposal to address the city’s growing housing crisis.  “Our city is increasingly unaffordable. And one of the major driving forces for people leaving NewContinue reading “Kratovil reveals plan for affordable, quality, safe & accessible housing”

Lakewood men plead guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter

Two Lakewood men pleaded guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter charges stemming from a 2019 slaying in Howell Township. On Friday September 23, 2022, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. LeMieux, Omar Rivera-Rojas, aka Juan Carlos Rivera-Rojas, 32, of Lakewood, along with his nephew, Alberto Rojas-Hernandez, 20, also of Lakewood, both pled guilty toContinue reading “Lakewood men plead guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter”

Hunterdon Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers

If you’ve had a baby, or are planning to get pregnant soon, would you have considered taking laughing gas to help with the pain of delivery? With epidural shortages, more people are opting for laughing gas during childbirth. Hunterdon Medical Center announced that it is now offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option toContinue reading “Hunterdon Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers”

Councilwoman Robin Vaughn sounding alarm to save Trenton’s hospital

West Ward Councilwoman Robin M. Vaughn, who is a candidate for mayor in Trenton’s upcoming municipal election, is calling on residents to demand action from Governor Phil Murphy and other authorities to stop the closing of St. Francis Hospital. “Trentonians, contact all the elected officials representing the City of Trenton to stop the closing ofContinue reading “Councilwoman Robin Vaughn sounding alarm to save Trenton’s hospital”

Paterson man injured by gunshot

At about 1:53 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, Paterson Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 10th Avenue and East 23rd Street. Officers found a 58-year-old male suffering from a non-fatal gunshot wound there when they arrived at the location. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional MedicalContinue reading “Paterson man injured by gunshot”

One dead, three injured in 3 separate Hudson County shooting incidents

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said a 28-year-old Hoboken man was killed in a shooting in the area of 560 Marshall Drive, while authorities in Jersey City reported non-fatal injuries in two shooting incidents in the city Sunday morning. Officers dispatched to investigate reports of shots fired near the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and MartinContinue reading “One dead, three injured in 3 separate Hudson County shooting incidents”

Garden State residents are pretty evenly divided on sexual education

As New Jersey’s new health and sexual education standards take effect, large majorities of Garden State residents are in favor of such content being taught in the middle (71 percent) and high school (88 percent) but are pretty evenly divided when it comes to elementary school, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Forty-six percent favorContinue reading “Garden State residents are pretty evenly divided on sexual education”

Somerset County woman scammed over $1 million in federal PPP loans

Nivah Garcis, 51, of North Plainfield, New Jersey, today pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Garcis was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three countsContinue reading “Somerset County woman scammed over $1 million in federal PPP loans”

New Jersey deli valued at $100 million had less than $40,000 in revenue

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Peter L. Coker Sr., Peter L. Coker Jr., and James T. Patten for their roles in orchestrating fraudulent manipulative securities trading schemes and an indictment unsealed today accused the three men with orchestrating a large-scale market manipulation scheme related to two publicly traded companies. These schemes included artificially inflatingContinue reading “New Jersey deli valued at $100 million had less than $40,000 in revenue”

Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Jim Florio, the governor whose four-year tenure left New Jersey with an assault-weapons ban and higher taxes, spurring a trifecta of Republican control that persisted for years, died Sunday at 85. Florio, a Democrat who spent 15 years as a congressman before leaving the post to seek the governorshipContinue reading “Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85”

Gusciora celebrates cosmetic landmark improvements, despite violent crimes

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora celebrated the completion of the Montgomery Street Plaza rehabilitation, connecting historic city landmarks to the Mill Hill neighborhood, despite his grim record on murder and other violent crimes. As Gusciora cut the ceremonial ribbon at the rehabilitation project, about one mile away, Trenton police officers found the body of 41-year-old CorrineContinue reading “Gusciora celebrates cosmetic landmark improvements, despite violent crimes”

Passaic County man sentenced to 7 years for possessing child pornography

The founder of Living Adventure Tours in Sussex County, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. Vaughn Tiedeman, 49, of West Milford, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty to charges that he collected hundreds of images depicting child pornography before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton. Judge Wigenton imposed theContinue reading “Passaic County man sentenced to 7 years for possessing child pornography”

State stalls on distributing relief to residents struggling to pay water bills

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor Nearly seven months after the state launched a $24 million program to help low-income residents pay their water bills, 95% of the money remains unspent, even as more than 100,000 households statewide owe more than $40 million in unpaid water bills. New Jersey was one of the last states to launchContinue reading “State stalls on distributing relief to residents struggling to pay water bills”

As the election nears, Trenton is on track to match record level of murders

Less than three weeks after Mayor Reed Gusciora announced that the capital city has made significant progress in reducing violent gun-related crime, Trenton’s murder rate is back on track to match or exceed the record-high number of murders documented in 2020 and 2021. Trenton Public Information Officer Timothy J. Caroll said the city’s 15th homicide victimContinue reading “As the election nears, Trenton is on track to match record level of murders”

Two Trenton teenagers, one adult charged for possession of firearms

Detectives on patrol in the area of Academy Street in Trenton spotted a male acting suspiciously, but when they stopped to investigate, 18-year-old Khyzir Davis fled on foot. After a brief pursuit, Davis was tackled and officers found a 9mm Beretta APX semi-automatic handgun loaded with four rounds in his possession. Davis was taken toContinue reading “Two Trenton teenagers, one adult charged for possession of firearms”

Chipotle violated NJ’s child labor laws

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo and Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that they have reached an agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill to resolve alleged widespread and persistent violations of the state’s child labor laws. Under today’s groundbreaking settlement with NJDOL, the popular fast-food restaurant chainContinue reading “Chipotle violated NJ’s child labor laws”

Bounty Hunter Bloods gang indicted with RICO organized crime conspiracy

Seven members of a New Jersey gang associated with the Bounty Hunter Bloods were charged by indictment today with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy. The Indictment charges Walter Boyd, a/k/a “Walt,” a/k/a “Walt Daddy,” 34, Isiah Daniels, a/k/a “Ice,” 33, Joel Lyons, a/k/a “Jayski,” 21, Gede Maccelus, a/k/a “G Baby,” 21, Armando Ortiz,Continue reading “Bounty Hunter Bloods gang indicted with RICO organized crime conspiracy”

Republican Jeff Van Drew ducking debate with Democrat Tim Alexander

Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew is refusing to participate in a debate at Oakcrest High School hosted by the Atlantic County League of Women Voters and scheduled to take place tonight—Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Van Drew”s campaign manager Ron Filan called the event a “sham debate” and he accused the nonpartisan organization of conspiring withContinue reading “Republican Jeff Van Drew ducking debate with Democrat Tim Alexander”

Nine New Jersey schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon winners.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 297 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022, including nine in New Jersey. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming,Continue reading “Nine New Jersey schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon winners.”

GOP anti-voting lawsuits increase nearly five-fold in 2022

New analysis by Democracy Docket reveals a steep jump in voting and election lawsuits filed by Republican-affiliated groups so far this year when compared to 2021. Democracy Docket is the leading platform dedicated to covering and tracking democracy-related activity in the courts and has a comprehensive database of nearly 400 democracy-related lawsuits filed since 2020. The databaseContinue reading “GOP anti-voting lawsuits increase nearly five-fold in 2022”